Archaeological Archives Group


The AAG was founded in 2012 following the Southport Report, and since then its membership has increased steadily. The group holds an annual day conference tackling a different issue of archiving each year, as well as running ad hoc workshops. So far the four committees have successfully brought together colleagues from across the sector advising on relevant enquiries both on local and national levels.
The committee have also developed the toolkit for selecting archaeological archives alongside other toolkits


The aims of the group are

  • to focus upon issues relating to professional standards, best practice, advocacy and access
  • to promote of awareness of archaeological archives within the profession
  • to represent the interest of those working with archives to CIfA Council and in all CIfA activities
  • to hold seminars and workshops to facilitate the above
  • to establish relationships with other groups associated with archaeological archives

Join the Group

Membership is free to CIfA members through the Members area login. Those who are not members of the institute will need to pay an annual £10 fee and can join here

Twitter: follow Archives group on Twitter
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Group Email: please email images, events, good news, articles and links to archaeologicalarchives [at]


Sam Paul (Chair)
Vicky Sands (Secretary)
Helen Parslow (Treasurer)
Hazel O'Neill
Jess Irwin
Kerry Whitehouse
Teagan Zoldoske
Katherine Hamilton

Specialist competence matrix

This specialist matrix is to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for when working with archives.

Future events

For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.

Previous events

Three-year plan

Group-three-year-plan 2022-2025

AGM minutes

EGM Minutes - 1 November 2022

AGM Minutes - 28 September 2022

Committee minutes

Minutes 14 Sept 2023

Minutes 18 May 2023

Minutes 18 Jan 2023

Minutes 8 Sept 2022

Minutes 12 May 2022

Minutes 19 January 2022